Mark Landler and Katie Rogers, The New York Times, March 7, 2019; original article contains links
Image from article: John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, has followed President Trump’s lead in using Twitter to promote the administration’s agenda.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump threw out the diplomatic rule book when he took office, tweeting gleefully about sensitive global issues, be it the nuclear showdown with North Korea or burden sharing within NATO. Now he has spawned a squad of in-house imitators.
John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, has tweeted more than 150 times about the political crisis in Venezuela, demanding that the country’s embattled president, Nicolás Maduro, go into exile and championing his waiting-in-the-wings replacement, Juan Guaidó.
Jason D. Greenblatt, Mr. Trump’s Middle East envoy, has taken to Twitter dozens of times to debate or chide Palestinian leaders, with whom the White House has had no formal ..
Image (not from entry) from, under the headline: “US Embassy revokes visas of 71 Students attending UN confab,” Aug 14, 2018
[…]Deadline: 29 March 2019The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Ghana is seeking proposals for funding for its 2019 Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Grants programPublic Diplomacy grants should address one (or more) of U.S. Embassy Ghana’s strategic goals, which are:Improve Governance, Strengthen Democratic Institutions, and Promote AccountabilityPromote Opportunity and Development by Investing in PeopleMaintain and Bolster Peace and SecuritySpur Sustained Economic Growth, Trade, and InvestmentActivities that fall under these goals and may qualify for funding include (but are not limited to):Combatting corruption and strengthening accountabilityEncouraging and supporting the media and civil society (including women, rural residents, economically and politically disadvantaged groups, and youth) to better advocate for improv..
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Brazil), itamaraty.gov.br
The concept of “public diplomacy” [JB emphasis] has been traditionally associated with the promotion of a country's image abroad. In Brazil, “public diplomacy” has been implemented not only in this traditional view, but also in the sense of greater openness of both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Brazilian foreign policy to civil society, in an effort to stimulate democratization and transparency of national public policies.
The foreign ministry’s actions in different areas and the diffusion of foreign policy initiatives through digital media have intensified public diplomacy efforts in Brazil, encouraging, on the one hand, accountability to society and, on the other, interaction through comments and suggestions that contribute to the formulation of public policies attentive to national aspirations, ideas and values.
An active work of “public diplomacy” allows the Brazilian and foreign society to become inst..
Ryan Scoville, lawfareblog.com; for Tables 1 & 2, mentioned in the text below, and which for technical reasons cannot be reproduced in full on this blog, please consult original article.
Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with U.S. ambassadors and chargé d'affaires for South America, February 2018 (Source: Flickr/State Department)Since the 1950s, presidents have consistently allocated roughly 30 percent of ambassadorial appointments to individuals who are not career diplomats. This practice, atypical among advanced democracies and a recurrent source of controversy, is currently on track to expand: Over the first two years of the Trump administration, more than 40 percent of appointments to bilateral ambassadorships went to presidential supporters who are not foreign service officers. For example, Robert Wood Johnson IV—the ambassador to the United Kingdom—co-owns the New York Jets. Carla Sands (Denmark) is a chiropractor and former actress. David Friedman (Israel) is a ba..
One of the most successful and reliable tactics of diplomacy is negotiation, an act that often takes place over lunch or dinner when everyone is more relaxed. That is when the diplomat strikes – in Sweden’s case, he strikes with gravlax (marinated salmon). Sweden was one of the first countries to embark on a missionRead more